Athlete of the week: Treyonn Tucker had a senior season to remember on the gridiron
Published 8:30 am Saturday, December 9, 2023
Treyonn Tucker has been a consistent figure for the Callaway offense these last four years. The standout wide receiver made his impression felt during his freshman years but broke out over the next three to put together one of the best receiving careers in Callaway’s illustrious history.
“It went by too fast,” Tucker said. “There is a lot of tradition here, and it was special to be a part of what coach (Pete) Wiggins has built here.”
The individual accolades were nice, but nothing came close to matching that feeling in 2020 when the Cavaliers won the AA state championship. When his senior season ended, all he could feel was heartbreak as he envisioned him and his fellow seniors coming into high school with a ring and leaving with a second one, but it was not to be.
“I thought those guys on the 2020 team were gods, they were like an all-star team, even at practice,” Tucker said. “We always went out there and tried to challenge ourselves against them.
“We wanted to get another one this year, and even though it didn’t happen I would go to war with these guys any day.”
After playing sporadically as a freshman, Tucker broke onto the scene as a sophomore. It was a quick rise, culminating in his best season as a Cavalier in 2023.
“I wasn’t really nervous when I first started getting varsity minutes because I wanted to put myself out there,” Tucker said. “I didn’t want to be scared, and I think that helped me build my confidence.”
Tucker led the Cavaliers in receptions (44), receiving yards (796) and receiving touchdowns (9). It was not close as he had 26 more catches, 356 more receiving yards and three more receiving touchdowns than the next-highest receiver on the team.
Tucker has an innate ability to get open but also can rise high above defenders and high-point the football with ease. Despite all this talent at wide receiver, it was not his first position.
“When I first started, I was a quarterback in rec league,” Tucker said as he joked about fellow Callaway senior DeShun Coleman teaching him how to throw the ball.
“In middle school, I played running back, but then they moved me to wide receiver once I got to high school because they saw that I could catch the ball well.”
Despite a long football season that saw the Cavaliers play into late November, there was little rest for the weary. Tucker jumped straight from football season into basketball season.
“It can take a little while to build that stamina back up,” Tucker said. “It has been a lot of running and conditioning to get back to being in ‘basketball shape.’”
He claims to just be “another body” on the basketball court, but he makes a big impact with his ability to lock down opposing players and score baskets when necessary.
Despite his love of basketball, football is where his heart is. Tucker’s next step in his football journey is to work his way through the recruiting process and find himself a home to play college ball.
“It has been going well and coach (Andrew) Caraway is a good recruiting coach and has helped me get my name out there,” Tucker said.
While his final days wearing the Cavalier red and black on the gridiron have come and gone, Tucker is far from done with his time with Callaway athletics. The basketball season has just begun and Tucker is looking to help the Cavaliers make a run in the state playoffs in his second sport of the year.